broth or caldo


Seafood Broth

Seafood Broth

Caldo de Mariscos

Recipe Yield

5 to 6 cups

Cooking time

1 hour 35 minutes

Rate this recipe

5 from 3 votes


  • 1 to 2 pounds fish heads, bones, and tails preferably from fresh white-fleshed fish
  • Shrimp shells and tails optional
  • 1 white onion peeled and halved
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 to 3 carrots peeled and halved
  • 3 celery stalks rinsed and halved
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 5 to 6 sprigs fresh parsley or cliantro
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste

To Prepare

  • Place all of the ingredients in a large, heavy soup pot. Fill with enough cold water to cover by at least 2 inches.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and skim away any foam. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover partially, and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Remove from heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth-lined colander.


8comments inSeafood Broth

  1. Gerrie

    Dec 27

    Hi Pati,
    I just discovered your show and I absolutely love it and ALL your recipes. I binged watched all day! Lol.
    My family is from Torreón and we visit all parts of Mexico. I love Mexican food and my family loves cooking. I can’t wait to try many of your recipes.
    I saw an episode where you went to Mazatlán and sat with a friend that owned her own restaurant. You had shrimp soup with more of a clear broth. I don’t see a similar recipe on your website.
    Can you send me that recipe?
    Happy Holidays!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 28

      Thank you for tuning in, Gerrie! I don’t have a recipe for that soup, since it was a field piece…but I hope you enjoy lots of my recipes.

  2. Gia Ann Rios

    May 19

    Hi Patti,

    How do I go about adding vegetables, rice and fish to the broth for a fish soup?

    I watched the episode and saw your dish was more rice heavy & im trying to make a consume type soup.

    Any help is appreciated, thank you.

    1. Pati

      May 21

      Oh once you make the broth…here’s my recipe for the soup which you can use to add veggies, rice, and fish:

  3. Alfredo De Stephano

    Jun 05

    Dear Pati,

    Two weeks ago, I discovered your website by searching for a seafood broth. I made the broth and have used it to prepare a seafood soup. This recipe has worked great for me and the broth was rich and tasty. Thank you for this recipe.

    If the broth was great, I am very sure the rest of the recipes are excellent as well. I will incorporate a few in my cooking. Again, Thank You!

    1. Pati

      Jun 08

      That’s so fantastic Alfredo! I’m super happy you discovered the site and enjoy the recipes.

  4. kidonhayca

    Feb 12

    I found your show on PBS for the first time today. Your son said something about the delicious chicken. I had chicken defrosted and wanted to try your recipe. Unable to find it on the website. I guess I will just view other programs who do have their recipes available.

    1. Pati

      Feb 13

      Thanks for tuning in! You can find all of the recipes from each season here:

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